For years, the need of healthier work environments is increasing rapidly. However, the common air purifiers we are using at home are usually not as efficient as at the office. Things like the AeraMax Professional AM 2 are invented, to filter out the allergens and pollutants that can impact the health of workers. Today, we are going to have the AeraMax Professional AM 2 Review.
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- Mountable on wall
- Impressive performance
- Patented EnviroSmart technology
- Low fan power
- Very expensive
- High annual cost
AeraMax is the air purifier product from Fellowes, a long-history American family business. As the top manufacturer of important office accessories, this company brings to us the lineup of commercial air purifiers, which is meant for the workplace environment. The AeraMax Professional AM 2 is the smallest device of this commercial lineup, and we will help you learn everything about it, in our today AeraMax Professional AM 2 Review.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Price
Finally we come to the commercial lineup of AeraMax, one thing that many people can’t afford to pay for one. It is reasonable, because the commercial lineup is for office use, where the air purifier can save a lot of people.
The most affordable device of the AeraMax commercial air purifier is, well, not so much affordable. AeraMax Professional AM 2 has the official price tag of $945, which is nearly 4 times higher than a basic personal flagship – AeraMax 300.
It is still a solid commercial air purifier, but for a very small shared spaces such as restrooms, exam rooms and offices. If you pay so much for a device, maybe the Blueair Pro L and/or IQAir HealthPro Plus are more appropriate to use. And don’t forget the Austin Air HealthMate Plus or AllerAir 5000 on the market, as these are the perfect industry air purifiers for large spaces.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Design and Size
Even for a commercial air purifier, the AeraMax Professional AM 2 borrows most of design concept from the personal lineup. If not for the price, we can consider the device as one personal AeraMax air purifier.
It has a portable size, with only 22.5 inches in height and 14 inches in width. The AeraMax Professional AM 2 is especially slim with only 4 inches in depth, and it can be mountable on wall, or be put in a floor stand.
The air purifier has a stainless steel color for the front plate, which covers the whole air grills. You can find an easy access panel latch to help open the front cover. It still uses the simple bottom-to-top air flow system concept, to distribute the clean air in your room.
AeraMax Professional AM 2 uses a capacitive touch control panel. It is more durable and beautiful to use than the low-end personal devices.
This air purifier weighs 10.6 lbs, and if you need to add mobility for the AeraMax Professional AM 2, make sure to use the floor stand instead of the wall mount.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Filters
As the small commercial air purifier, AeraMax Professional AM 2 gives you a simple Hybrid air filter, which is a simple 4-stage air cleaning system as below.
- Activated Carbon Filter – AeraMax Professional AM 2 uses an Activated Carbon filter to act as a pre-filter, and can capture both large particles and household odors, pet odors, cooking odor and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
- True HEPA filter – Next, all airborne contaminants must rest in the True HEPA filter of this air purifier, with a high efficiency of trapping 99.97% of any particles as small as 0.3 microns like pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander.
- AeraSafe Antimicrobial Treatment – The built-in protection right in the surface of its True HEPA filter, to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi.
- PlasmaTrue Technology – This is one kind of ionizer, which creates an ionized field to help safely remove airborne pollutants. Can be switched on/off.
AeraMax Professional AM 2 gives you 3 different options for the main filter. The most popular option is the Hybrid air filter, which combines both Activated Carbon and HEPA filters into one 1.75-inch air filter, to both capture the ultra-fine pollutants and adsorb odors and chemicals. You can choose the Carbon filter only, if you specially need one air purifier for trapping cigarette smoke.
In addition, you can use a 1.75-inch True HEPA filter instead, to prolong the filter life from 1 year to 2 years, as well as increase the overall efficiency. If you worry about the odor/VOC adsorption, you can buy the add-on carbon booster sets, to aid the thicker True HEPA filter in all air cleaning task.
I made a test for both the AeraMax Professional AM 2 and AeraMax Professional 3, in a room of 200 square feet. I also used the IQAir HealthPro Plus and Aeris aair 3-in-1 Pro for comparison, meaning I have high regards for the AeraMax company, to compare it against the flagships of well-known Swiss brands. The result, AeraMax Professional AM 2 had high efficiency, to trap 99.93% airborne pollutants down to 0.3 microns in size, after just 1 hour. The higher-end model, AeraMax Professional 3 can reach the perfect efficiency of 99.99%.
If you want to improve the efficiency of AeraMax Professional AM 2, you should use it in a much smaller room, maybe just only 100 square feet. The result for that test should be 99.97% for trapping pollutants as small as 0.3 microns.
The hybrid air filter of AeraMax Professional AM 2 needs to be replaced after 1 year, for a 24/7 use. At the time of writing, we can’t find a deal for the filter replacement, so you should count it as a hindrance to buy the commercial air purifier of Fellowes.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Room Coverage
AeraMax Professional AM 2 is only suggested to use in small shared spaces such as restrooms, exam rooms and offices. The manufacturer recommends to run the device for 100 to 300 square feet.
The ACH of AeraMax Professional AM 2 is 5X. This is the highest ACH rating of an AeraMax air purifier, meaning it can clean your room 5 times per hour.
The CADR of AeraMax Professional AM 2 is 95 Dust/ 82 Smoke/ 102 Pollen (cfm). On lowest speed, the fan power is just only 35 cfm, which is really low for an air purifier that costs you $945. This is the top reason to buy other products instead of the AeraMax Professional AM 2.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Sound
The AeraMax Professional AM 2 uses a single encased brushless DC motor, which is designed for low noise. However, even with such low fan power, its noise level is only 45 decibels (db) on lowest speed. It is truly a shame for an air purifier made by Fellowes, because the AeraMax 300 and AeraMax 200 are just only 35 decibels, for a much higher fan power.
On highest speed, the AeraMax Professional AM 2 is truly noisy. I’ve measured the noise level to be as high as 64 decibels, and it is even higher than a public restaurant. Actually, the device is for office environment, and it needs to be quiet to not distract people.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Power Consumption
One of our most FAQs is “Do air purifiers use a lot of energy?” In fact, air purifier must be used for a long time to be efficient. And power consumption is one important criteria to review if this air purifier is good or not.
The encased brushless DC motor isn’t only designed for low noise, but it can maintain the long-term continuous use at low power consumption. For our today AeraMax Professional AM 2, the rated power can be as low as 5 watts on lowest speed. The highest power consumption would be 55 watts.
If you use the AeraMax Professional AM 2 for 8 hours per day, you need to pay $0.2 to $20 annually, which is even better than the personal AeraMax 300.
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AeraMax Professional AM 2 Additional Features
AeraMax Professional AM 2 is an air purifier meant to be mounted on wall, so it needs the Auto Mode to be convenient. Fellowes calls their Smart Sensor as Patented EnviroSmart technology, which is a high-end sensor to detect the changes of airborne pollutants, and respond with the most proper fan power.
If you want to manual control the air purifier, simply switch to the manual mode and choose from 5 different fan speeds. You can know the current fan speed based on the number of tick marks illuminated around the Auto Mode icon.
AeraMax Professional AM 2 has two different LED indicators for Carbon and HEPA filters replacement. For hybrid filter, both indicators will be lit.
AeraMax Professional AM 2 Customer Service
Fellowes is a long-history brand in the U.S, and one of the most reasons for their popularity is the great customer service. You can expect the full support from Monday to Friday, via phone at 800-955-0959 or via live chat in their FAQ page.
They don’t provide Free Shipping, but the ship will only be within one to two business days of being placed. You can return or exchange your air purifier within 14 days of receipt. Orders may be subject to a 20% restocking fee and all shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the customer. If you discover what you believe is a product defect, you need to contact the support within 48 hours of delivery. Fellowes will investigate the claim and notify the freight company of the damage, then they will process the the replacement if possible.
About the warranty, all AeraMax air purifiers are covered by a 3-year warranty. It is enough for you to trust in the name of AeraMax.
The AeraMax Professional AM 2 is a commercial air purifier, so it’s reasonable for it to be expensive. However, it is quite overpriced, since it doesn’t have enough fan power to match the performance of the high-end flagships like IQAir HealthPro Plus or Austin Air HealthMate Plus.
The AeraMax Professional AM 2 isn’t strong enough to hold such high-end price tag.